Just south of Sarasota, Venice is a small city on the Gulf of Mexico mainly known for its retirement communities. However, in recent years families have been moving in and making Venice their home. With a number of wonderful places for families to spend their day like the splash pad near Centennial Park, the various playgrounds or hunting for shark’s teeth at the beach, at the end of the day the question remains. What family-friendly restaurants are in Venice?
Family Friendly Restaurants in Venice
Venice is a great place to spend time with kids and enjoy the beach. There are many restaurants in Venice that offer kids menus, kids specials, or even have outdoor events for kids! Here are some of the restaurants in Venice that will make your family feel welcome:
What Restaurants are Family Friendly in Venice?
Two locations in Venice: 370 Commercial Ct & 525 Tamiami Trail
BrewBurgers has all the makings of a hometown favorite place. With fun retro-style decor for casual indoor/outdoor dining, you can feel comfortable bringing in your kids and still enjoy an awesome meal. Serving bar and grill-type fare with a flair, they are kid and pet-friendly. BrewBurgers is well known for huge specialty burgers, and they have a large beer selection.
661 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34285
All about delicious BBQ, Gold Rush is a very family-friendly option. On certain days of the week, they offer various All You Can Eat Options, which makes it a great value when trying to feed your entire family well. If you want to grab a bundle to bring home, they have packages available to feed groups! Snag up a pound or two of their BBQ with some sides and enjoy a family meal at home.
Sharky’s On the Pier
A true tourist destination in Venice, Sharky’s is known for it’s beautiful location right on the Gulf with the Venice Fishing Pier. The kids menu at Sharky’s includes a drink and dessert with your choice of entree: Cheeseburger, Hotdog, Popcorn Shrimp, Chicken Fingers, Fish and Chips (deep-fried cod), Grilled Cheese or Macaroni and cheese with carrots or fries.
5000 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34292
Snook Haven in Venice, FL offers views of the Myakka River and its bountiful wildlife. The restaurant’s newly redesigned dining room allows visitors to take in an unspoiled slice of Old Florida while they enjoy tasty meals. On Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., they offer Family Fun Nights, rain or shine. Kids will enjoy family karaoke and participate in a talent show on stage with Joey O. Don’t forget about interactive games! You can enjoy delicious meals and specials as well.
2215 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL
This classy restaurant is perfect for date night when you have to bring the kids along with you! You get all the fancy “adult” meals, and the kids have their choice of classic kids meals like a cheeseburger or macaroni & cheese or they can choose upscale meals like chicken marsala or prime rib! The prices are also really fair for these kids meal, with the cheeseburger being $7.99 all the way up to prime rib for $14.99! WHAT A DEAL!! And unlike many other menu, the kids meals go all the way up to age 15.
Pop’s Sunset Grill
112 Circuit Rd, Nokomis, Fl 34275
The experience of waterfront dining in a fun environment the whole family will love. The kids menu features all their favorites like cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, quesadillas and mac n’ cheese but also offers fried shrimp or fried fish. All served with a choice of apple sauce or french fries for just $7.50 each!
Tarpon Point Grill & Marina
121 Playmore Dr, Venice, Fl, 34293
Enjoy your family meal on the Myakka River! With burgers, seafood, pasta and more, the adults will be pleased. They offer live entertainment and large outdoor seating areas to accommodate families of all sizes. Kids menu includes mac & cheese, grilled cheese, chicken fingers or a cheeseburger served with fruit or fries for only $8.
Red Grouper Tavern
345 Commercial Ct, Venice, FL 34292
One of the newer restaurants to the Venice area, Red Grouper Tavern is tucked in near Jacaranda and I-75 behind the gas station. With local and fresh seafood options, burgers and more, there’s something for everyone on the menu! In addition, on Mondays, KIDS EAT FREE with the purchase of an adult entree. The rest of the week, kids meals are still a reasonable $7 each with a choice of either a Cheeseburger slider, chicken tenders, grilled cheese or fried fish (beer battered cod) all served with a side of fries.
Kids Eat Free Bonuses
In addition to all the local family-friendly small business type spots, there are several chain restaurants in Venice offering specials for kids: *Keep in mind that these deals can change or end at anytime*
- Firehouse Subs– offers free kids meal with the purchase of a medium sub on Wednesdays and Sundays.
- Bob Evans – kids eat free after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- Pinchers – Free Kids Meal with each adult meal over $13.99
- Crave – Free Kids Meal with adult meal on Wednesdays
There are plenty of restaurants in Venice to suit everyone’s tastes. This is sometimes a challenge when eating out with children. Not only does Venice offer great family-friendly options, but most of the places on this list offer take out or use Door Dash for delivery! If you want to add a little adventure, there are plenty of parks and areas to have a picnic as well.
Family Meal Bundles
Sometimes you want to serve a meal family style at home, but you just don’t have the time or the energy to cook. (Trust me, I’ve been there.) It’s great to know that in these moments, there are restaurants in Venice offering wonderful bundle options!
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About The Contributor
Raye Wiedner is an active widow, living in the Midwest. She has been a health care worker for most of her life, with a passion for trying new adventures.